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Loblaw only grocer on best diversity employers list

For the second consecutive year, Loblaw has been named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2012 by Mediacorp Canada Inc.

The only grocer recognized, the award commends commitment to creating an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of colleagues, customers and the communities around them.

Reflect our Nation’s Diversity is one of five principles of Loblaw’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment.

“Loblaw is honoured to be recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers.  We are proud of the progress we have made in reflecting diversity in the products we sell, the people we attract and the workplace culture we create. We are committed to focusing on improving our efforts to better reflect our nation’s diversity,” said Judy McCrie, executive vice president, human resources and labour relations, Loblaw in a press release.

Loblaw has an Inclusion Council, made up of senior leaders from across the organization. Its role is to identify goals and opportunities, and monitor progress.

Some of the initiatives that helped Loblaw earn its place on Canada’s Best Diversity Employers list include its Women@Loblaw program that is aimed at increasing the number of women in senior and executive positions through networking and professional development.

As well, the grocer has implemented diversity initiatives such as access to reflection/quiet rooms, diverse food options in cafeterias, and sourcing authentic products from first generation manufacturers.

And Loblaw’s diversity recruitment strategy includes newcomers to Canada, visible minorities, women, Aboriginal Canadians, persons with disabilities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community, and youth and mature workers.

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